Champions Juventus go in search of their tenth consecutive Serie A victory when Atalanta visit Turin on Sunday evening.
This will be a tricky encounter for Max Allegri’s men, but there is the added incentive of temporary top spot with Napoli not in action until the following night. Meanwhile, La Dea have proved last campaign was no fluke and have their sights set on sixth spot this time around.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium – 25 February, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Juventus vs. Atalanta: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: The sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Bergamo back in October. The Bianconeri raced in to a two goal lead after strikes from Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain before efforts from Mattia Caldara and Bryan Cristante salvaged an unlikely point for the Europa League hopefuls. There was more drama in the final minutes as Paulo Dybala missed a spot kick.
Juventus v Atalanta Predictions and Preview
The injury problems are mounting for the hosts and Higuain and Bernardeschi are the latest in a long list of casualties for Allegri. The Argentine limped off early in the Derby della Mole triumph against Torino while his replacement suffered the same fate late on.
Higuain is the likelier of the duo to return for the Champions League round of 16 second leg against Spurs but Bernardeschi is expected to be out for up to a month. This is a cruel blow for the ex-Fiorentina starlet who has really come to the fore in recent weeks and been one of the Bianconeri’s better players.
The Juventus boss was already without Mario Mandzukic after a bout of flu and will hope the Croatian target man will be fit to deputise in attack. On a more positive note, 17 goal Paulo Dybala made his comeback in the second-half of the Derby and may be needed from the off against Atalanta. The Bianconeri’s squad depth is being tested but they remain the clear favourites with odds of 8/15 to register another three points.
Opposite number Gian Piero Gasperini has a looming European decider of his own to navigate and his side were desperately unlucky in the opening tie with Borussia Dortmund. Atalanta are unbeaten in their last four domestically and top scorer Josip Ilicic will return to the starting line-up after having a rest in the stalemate with Fiorentina. La Dea are priced at 5/1 to clinch the win and maintain the pressure on Sampdoria who they will face early next month.
One to watch for Juventus: There will be greater emphasis on Douglas Costa after the spate of attacking absentees and the Brazilian must step up. The electric winger is 7/1 to get his name on the scoresheet first.
One to watch for Atalanta: Ilicic has double figures in all competitions and has a telepathic understanding with captain Papu Gomez. The Slovenian attacking midfielder is 12/1 to bag any time during the 90.
Long shot: La Dea have continued where they left off last term with big scalps over Milan and Roma respectively. Atalanta will not be overawed by the occasion and are more than capable of upsetting Juventus and their hopes of a seventh straight Scudetto. A 3-1 coup is available at 66/1.